Bright Horizons and the National Head Start Association Present

A National Conversation about Race in Early Childhood Leadership

November 12, 2020

What You'll Learn

During this half-day collaborative event, we bring together leaders in early childhood education to discuss key issues of diversity and inclusion and their impact on the field.

Goals

Gain consensus among participating leaders and organizations on how to elevate Black and Brown leaders in early childhood education.

Research

We uncover what we know and need to learn about underrepresentation of leaders of colors in the field.

Policy

We explore the systemic barriers to career advancement for leaders of color.

Practice

We examine what the teacher-to-leader pipeline should look like and develop concrete strategies to exact change in the field.

Browse Videos

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Keynote

In this keynote session, Valora Washington, Ph.D., President of the CAYL Institute kicks off the half-day event, with additional introductions from Dr. Lisa Grant, Principal Consultant and Founder of Early Childhood by Design, and Dr. Bernadine Futrell, Senior Director, Effective Practice of National Head Start Association.
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Research

Sponsored by Erikson Institute and moderated by Luisiana Melendez, Ph.D., Director, Bilingual/ESL Certificate Program, this panel examines diversity in educational leadership through the lens of research, with Tonya Bibbs, Ph.D., LCSW, Director, Academic Policy Programs, Erikson Institute, Melissa Casteel, Ed.D., Director of Quality Assessment, McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership, and Dr. Alejandra Barraza, President, HighScope.
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Policy

Sponsored by NAEYC, and moderated by Lucy Recio, Senior Advisor, Public Policy & Advocacy, this panel focuses on diversity in educational leadership through the lens of policy, with Myra Jones-Taylor, Ph.D., Chief Policy Officer, Zero to Three, LaTanya Wynn-Hall, M.S., Head Start/Early Head Start Director, Lutheran Services Florida, and Dr. Angela Chapman, Chief of Transformation and Leadership, Columbus City Schools.
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Practice

Sponsored by the CDA Council for Professional Recognition and moderated by Carol Brunson Day, Ph.D., Fellow, Council for Professional Recognition, this panel covers diversity in educational leadership through the lens of policy with Dr. Dawn Williams, Professor and Dean, Howard University School of Education, Stacey Mwongozi, Regional Manager, Bright Horizons, and Isabel Garcia, Executive Director, RCMA.
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Closing

In this closing session, keynote speakers Rachel Robertson, Vice President, Learning & Development, Bright Horizons, and Yasmina Vinci, M.A., M.P.A., Executive Director, National Head Start Association provide closing thoughts, with additional remarks from Dr. Lisa Grant, Principal Consultant and Founder of Early Childhood by Design, and Dr. Bernadine Futrell, Senior Director, Effective Practice of National Head Start Association.

Event Sponsors & Partners

We are proud to partner with leading organizations in early childhood education to bring together practitioners to host this event and sponsor this important work.

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About Bright Horizons and About the National Head Start Association

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About Bright Horizons

Bright Horizons offers a unique early education experience built on 30 years of expertise, and on what working families have told us they want and need for their children and for themselves. Child care and early education isn’t just what we do — it’s who we are. We believe it is our responsibility to protect a child's health, safety, and well-being, provide environments and experiences that capture the joys of childhood, and nurture each child’s individual development.

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About the National Head Start Association

The National Head Start Association (NHSA) is a nonprofit organization committed to the belief that every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to succeed in life. NHSA is the voice for more than 1 million children, 245,000 staff and 1,600 Head Start grantees in the United States. Since 1974, NHSA has worked diligently for policy changes that ensure all at-risk children have access to the Head Start model of support for the whole child, the family and the community.